I was wondering…
…if the Polynesians, who used stone age technology to build some of the finest seafaring boats ever (ancestors of the wicked fast modern catamaran)…
…had bows and arrows.
I mean, there’s Maui, with his magical fishhook, both a tool (catch fish, pull islands out of the sea) and weapon (battle lava monsters… not so effective against giant crabs)… rather like Thor’s hammer.
Also, rather hard for mere mortals to lift, though Moana is nearly worthy as she heaves it into Maui’s hands several times.
Bows and arrows.
PERHAPS one of the most puzzling problems known to anthropologists is to account for the apparent dislike shown by the fair Polynesians for the use of the bow and arrow. They found the mighty weapon of the archer in the hands of almost every Melanesian or Papuan inhabitant of the neighbouring islands; they had experience of its fatal powers, and yet, except in the case of the Tongans, the weapons appeared to be viewed with disfavour and neglect.
Yes, they had bows, but often preferred other tools of hunting or war.